Aerospace & Aviation


The area’s heritage in aerospace and aviation dates back to the 1960s with the establishment of a NASA rocket test facility, and continues to this day with Jackson County’s emerging leadership in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Jackson County, Mississippi is home to one of the only UAV plants in the world and the county’s Trent Lott International Airport is currently approved for flight testing the Navy’s Fire Scout UAV.


South Mississippi has:

  • leading-edge research
  • practical experience with composites that go into aircrafts
  • plants that use composites to make fixed-wing and rotary unmanned aircrafts
  • builds the next generation of warships that will launch robot aircraft
  • the satellite makers whose high-flying craft and remote sensors are key to command and control as well as surveillance
  • companies that build the engines that power spacecrafts
  • engine testing facilities

With a high quality of life and low cost of doing business, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been a contender for some of the most high-profile projects in the aerospace industry.

Halter Marine awarded fifth Navy berthing barge

Pascagoula, Miss., July 30, 2021 – Halter Marine, a company of ST Engineering North America, has been awarded a contract option for the U.S. Navy’s fifth Auxiliary Personnel

$6.7M grant goes for runway improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) today announced the


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